Reginald Orton was one of the founder members of the Thompson House Motor Club, a long serving member of the Manchester Vintage Car Club, also the VSCC, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club. Reg always had a Rolls Royce in his garage, either on the road or under restoration in some form or another.
Alan met Reg when he started dating his daughter in 1977, Reg found out Alan was a coachbuilder and interested in vintage vehicles. From that day on they restored various vintage vehicles together over the years, finishing with two Rolls Royce’s which he used for weddings until his retirement.
Alan married Reg’s daughter in 1980 and they used his old 1938 Humber Snipe as their wedding car. This was one of the cars which had been finished at the time and had a very large rear seat area for the bride’s dress and the bridesmaids. Reg also used the Humber as a wedding car, and it had also appeared in various films in the 1980’s including The Jewel in the Crown.